Oxford Academic Evaluates ‘A Real Economic Meltdown: The End of Roman Britain’, Swansea University, 14 March

Callaghan Centre blocks thin

B Ward-Perkins

Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins, Trinity College, University of Oxford is giving a public lecture on Wednesday 14 March at Swansea University hosted by The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire.

The hour-long lecture titled ‘A Real Economic Meltdown the End of Roman Britain’ builds on ideas that Dr Ward-Perkins explored in his challenging and controversial book The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Oxford, 2005).

In this book Ward-Perkins took issue with the entrenched scholarly vision of the end of the end of the ancient world of Greece and Romeand the dawn of the Middle Ages, that stressed peaceful transformation and the forging of new cultural forms.

On the contrary, Ward-Perkins sought to reaffirm the very real dislocations that occurred in this period, as protracted violence and warfare fatally disrupted the sophisticated interregional economy of the Roman world and led to the emergence of a world characterised by altogether more limited horizons in terms of economy, culture, society, and politics. His lecture ‘A Real Economic Meltdown: the End of Roman Britain’ explores this narrative of violence and disruption in more detail.

The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power, and Empire is hosting the event. Located in the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), the Centre was established in 2002, and relaunched in 2009 with a broadened remit as one of the flagship Research Centres of theCollege of Arts and Humanities.

The Centre regroups a large number of scholars and postgraduate students with research expertise in the areas of conflict, power and empire and produces world-class research, manages major Research Council funded projects, and promotes collaboration between scholars, policy-makers and cultural providers.

Director of the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire Professor Nikki Cooper said, ’Bryan Ward-Perkins’ lecture is a reminder that the connections between conflict, power, and empire are not a uniquely modern phenomenon: his examination of the profound effects of the collapse of the Roman Empire has ramifications for anyone considering the fate of empires at any point in the past or present.’

Bryan Ward-Perkins teaches in the History Faculty of Oxford University, where he is also a fellow of Trinity College. His research focuses on the transformations experienced in Britain and the Mediterranean world between antiquity and the middle ages. He has been a participant in the European Science Foundation’s ‘Transformation of the Roman World’ research programme and was editor of volume XIV of the new Cambridge Ancient History. Among his various publications, the most challenging and controversial has been The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (Oxford, 2005)

The lecture will be held at Swansea University on Wednesday 14 March. The lecture starts promptly at 6pm and takes place in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building. There will be a wine reception in the foyer after the lecture. Any enquiries should be directed to riah@swansea.ac.uk, tel 01792 295190.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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